In showcasing the concept, the team of 46 students will fit the skin onto a model home based on the typical dutch dwelling
A team of the university's students has developed a concept for a solar-powered skin to be fitted to the typical Dutch home, better aligning its energy usage with 21st century power demands
In the autumn and spring, the skin opens partially to provide ventilation
During winter, the skin encloses the house entirely to help contain heat
In the hotter months of the year it is completely open to maximize ventilation using what is known as the "stack effect"
While the typical post-war Dutch rowhouse characterizes much of the urban landscape, they weren't exactly built with energy efficiency as a top priority
In spring's warmer temperature, the space can be used for entertaining or as an extension of the house
One side of the skin is fitted with glass and photovoltaic panels to harvest the energy from the sun, while the other contains added insulation to trap the heat indoors
Around 60 percent of the homes in the Netherlands are row house terraces, with around a quarter of those built in the post-war period. While these constructions characterize much of the Dutch urban landscape, they weren't exactly built with energy efficiency as their first priority. A team of Delft University students has developed a concept for a solar-powered skin designed to optimize energy usage, while also preserving this classic Dutch architecture.
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